Changing a Tyre

Change a Tyre is not a difficult task, but it is one that must be done properly. Learn how to change a Tyre by following these steps. A correctly performed change a Tyre extends your vehicle's life while keeping you and the environment safe.

Step 1

Find a flat, stable and safe place

Find a flat, stable and safe place to change your tire. You should have a solid, level Surface that will restrict the car from rolling. If you are near a road, park as far from Traffic as possible and turn on your emergency flashers (hazard lights). Avoid soft Ground and hills.

Step 2

Apply the parking brake

Apply the parking brake and put car into "Park" position. If you have a standard Transmission, put your vehicle in first or reverse.

Step 3

Place a heavy object

Place a heavy object (e.g., rock, concrete, spare wheel, etc.) in front of the front and back Tires.

Step 4

Raise the jack until it is supporting (but not lifting) the car

Raise the jack until it is supporting (but not lifting) the car. The jack should be firmly in Place against the underside of the vehicle. Check to make sure that the jack is Perpendicular to the ground.

Step 5

Remove the hubcap and loosen the nuts

Remove the hubcap and loosen the nuts by turning counterclockwise. Don't take them All the way off; just break the resistance. By keeping the wheel on the ground when you First loosen the nuts, you'll make sure that you're turning the nuts instead of the wheel.

Use the wrench that came with your car or a standard cross wrench. Your wrench may Have different sizes of openings on different ends. A correctly-sized wrench will slip Easily over the nut, but will not rattle.

Step 6

Pump or crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground

Pump or crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground. You need to lift it high enough to Remove the flat tire and replace it with a spare.

As you lift, make sure that the car is stable. If you notice any instability, lower the jack And fix the problem before fully lifting the car.

Step 7

Remove the nuts the rest of the way

Remove the nuts the rest of the way. Turn them counterclockwise until they are loose. Repeat with all lug nuts, then remove the nuts completely.

Although rare, some vehicles actually have reverse threaded lug nuts. These are usually Much older cars from Chrysler and GM.

Step 8

Remove the Tyre

Remove the tire. Place the flat tire under the vehicle so in the event of a jack failure the Vehicle will fall on the old wheel, hopefully preventing injury. If the jack is placed on a flat, Solid base, you shouldn't have any problems.

The tire might stick due to rust. You could try hitting the inside half of the tire with a Rubber mallet to loosen the tire, or use the spare tire to hit the outside half.

Step 9

Place the spare tire on the hub

Place the spare tire on the hub. Take care to align the rim of the spare tire with the wheel Bolts, then put on the lug nuts.

Be sure to install the spare tire the correct way and not backwards. The valve stem of a Doughnut tire should face outwards, away from the vehicle.

Step 10

Tighten the nuts

Tighten the nuts by hand until they are all snug. They should turn easily at first.

Using the wrench, tighten the nuts as much as possible using a star pattern. To ensure The tire is balanced, don't completely tighten the nuts one at a time. Going in a star Pattern around the tire, one nut across from another, give each nut a full turn until They are equally tight.

Step 11

Lower the car without applying full weight on the tire

Lower the car without applying full weight on the tire. Tighten the nuts as much as Possible.

Step 12

Lower the car to the ground fully and remove the jack

Lower the car to the ground fully and remove the jack. Finish tightening the nuts and Replace the hubcap.

Step 13

Put the old tire in your trunk and take it to a mechanic

Put the old tire in your trunk and take it to a mechanic. Get an estimate for the cost of Repair. Small punctures can usually be repaired .If the tire is not repairable, they can Dispose of it properly and sell you a replacement.